Toronto actor Mena Massoud cast in Disney's live action remake of 'Aladdin'

Aladdin finds its lead actor in Jack Ryan actor, Will Smith to voice Genie
Disney Announces The Lead Actors For Guy Ritchie's Live-Action Aladdin
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16 July, 2017

Who would you like to see play Jafar in Disney's live action Aladdin?

The original Disney classic was the highest grossing film of the year in 1992, and won Academy Awards for best score and best song for A Whole New World.

Disney have yet to announce who'll play Jafar.

Relative newcomer Mena Massoud and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott have booked a flight on a magic carpet ride. The studio was said to be looking for an actor of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent in his 20s who can sing and dance, which apparently proved "difficult". Thankfully for Naomi Scott, her portrayal of the sassy and smart Pink Ranger in the recent Power Rangers remake has resulted in mostly positive response to her taking on the strong and stubborn Princess Jasmine. The film starred the voice talents of Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Linda Larkin as Jasmine and Robin Williams as Genie. The company also confirmed actor Will Smith will play the role of the Genie.

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Will Smith has already been cast as the Genie.

Massoud is a Canadian actor whose credits include the series "Jack Ryan", "Open Heart" and "Saving Hope".

Dan Lin will produce the project under his Lin Pictures banner and Jonathan Eirich will executive produce.

Shooting on the film will begin relatively soon (August) in London, so more casting announcements are bound to be made within the next few weeks.


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